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STORIES FROM THE HEART: At 11, she’s on her 4th pacemaker; and that’s only part of her story

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ty’Meisha Sloan is much like many 11-year-old girls.

She loves singing, dancing, playing softball and spending time with friends and family in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I’m pretty much going all day,” she said.

But Ty’Meisha has one important difference from her peers. She has a pacemaker.

She’s even unique among […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: CPR-giver becomes recipient, hopes others learn from his example

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tim Byrd was mentally preparing for a chaotic weekend of helping at his son’s marching band competition and administering a skills test to students in his emergency medical technician’s class.

So when he arrived at work that Friday morning, ready to start his shift as a […]

4 teen stroke survivors who share special bond are graduating from high school this weekend

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the fall of 2011, Abby Anderson, Blake Ephraim, Madeline Mudd and Molly Ogden were among several thousand freshmen starting high school in the Kansas City area.

They had things in common, as would any four teenage girls. But their interests didn’t overlap enough that they’d […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke at 24 changed her personality – in a good way

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

If a job interview was coming up, or maybe a speech in front of a crowd, Brianne Cassidy was a mess for days.

She hardly ate. Or slept. Knowing she’d be the center of attention “totally freaked me out,” she admits.

Then came the 180-degree change in […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Reborn’ by a series of procedures, she’s energized to help others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cristina Civetta was born with a fragile, failing heart. At only 18 hours old, she underwent surgery so that doctors could place a shunt into her heart to improve blood flow.

When she was 19 months old, her lung and heart chambers were filling with fluid. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After swapping cigarettes for junk food, Minnesota woman’s new habit is being heart-healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Shivering outside on her deck to have a cigarette in January 1990, Joyce Hobbs decided she’d had enough.

She was 29, and she’d been smoking since she was 13. It was time to quit.

She dropped the habit cold turkey, a major step in protecting herself […]

Follow the coast-to-coast Heart Across America bicycle ride

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even when a stroke left him unable to talk, walk or use his right side, Sean Maloney knew he’d find a way to defy the odds. And, he did.

A high-ranking Intel executive at the time of his stroke in 2010, Maloney recovered enough to resume […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Mom’s heart attack made AHA mission personal for staffer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At 63, Kay Machyniak of Wausau, Wisconsin, was working to reduce her risk for heart disease.

While she could do nothing about her family history of problems, she quit her heavy smoking habit. She also lost weight.

She feared that it wasn’t enough. She was often short […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: When assistant principal collapsed, CPR instructor stepped up

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For more than 20 years, Lisa Smith has taught CPR to students and colleagues in Denver, providing training as many as 30 times a year.

The question she often heard was whether she’d ever performed CPR in an emergency.

No, she would say, adding, “I hope I […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since recovery, TV meteorologist helps other forecast, prevent strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It was a little after 5 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Bri Winkler – a 24-year-old TV meteorologist and news reporter in Los Angeles – was getting ready for a spin class.

That’s when she lost hearing in her right ear.

Numbness followed, starting on her face […]